A Beauvais <i>‘Plat de la Passion’</i> Dish
A Beauvais <i>‘Plat de la Passion’</i> Dish
A Beauvais <i>‘Plat de la Passion’</i> Dish

A Beauvais ‘Plat de la Passion’ Dish

c. 1511 France

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37cm diameter

Glazed in green over a pale buff finely textured earthenware body and crisply moulded around the rim with the ‘Stages of the Passion’ divided by crowned shields bearing the arms of France, the Dauphin, Anne de Bretagne and others. The well with smaller shields with an unidentified device and fleur-de-lys divided by the letters AVE MARIA. The central boss with the IHS monogram encircled by tongues of flame.

The outer rim with an inscription in Latin and French adapted from Lamentations 1, verse 12:

O vos omnes qui transitis per viam attendite et videte si est dolor similis sicut dolor meus pax vobis.

Or: ‘O all you who pass by the way, attend and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow’
And ending with: Fait en décembre MVCXI, Made in December 1511.

Five or six other examples are known, all with a green glaze apart from the brown glazed example in the Beauvais museum. The example in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris was confiscated during the French Revolution from the Abbaye de Saint-Geneviève in 1797.

Fragments of Passion dishes were found during excavations at Beauvais in 1843 by Monsieur Mathon. A large fragment of a dish from the same mould (approximately a third of the circumference) from the Mathon collection is now in the Musée Départemental de l’Oise, Beauvais and a small fragment of a similar dish with a yellow glaze, found in Beauvais in 1923, is also in the museum.

Other known examples

Two in the Musée National de la Céramique, Sèvres (one with inv. no. 4578) (plus one with no Inv. No.)
Musée départemental de l’Oise, Beauvais (Inv.no 843.314),
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (Inv.no. 55.445) which was confiscated during the French Revolution on 27/02/1797 from the Cabinet de l'abbaye de Sainte-Geneviève.
Musée de Cluny, Paris (inv. CL 3443)- Dobrée Museum, Nantes (Inv. No 896.1.28)
Broken into five pieces and restuck.
Collection Emile Chami (1910-1992)

Beaussant Lefèvre, 9 Decembre 2015, lot 108
Cahiers de la céramique du verre et des arts du feu, no.30, Emile Chami ‘L’Art céramique du Beauvais’, pp.79- 116 (With a summary translation in English by Emile Chami)

Another similar dish (with figure on the right of Christ on the cross) illustrated in Cahiers de la céramique du verre et des arts du feu, no 53, 1973, p. 28
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